"Please if you are not interested in listening to an actor rant about political matters or social justice matters please leave because you will just be upset and I don't want to upset you. This is about what is going on in the USA right now. - Dwight"
This was a very good and considerate message for him to leave. It shows that, while he has strong opinions, he is still concerned about the sensitivities of his audience.
My belief is that the current issues we're seeing DOES stem from that one basic human element: lack of respect. It is a disrespect that is occurring on both sides, between police and civilians, and also within the police departments and the communities themselves. Without respect, you don't have communication. Instead, you have perpetual suspicion and misunderstanding, which leads to anger, which leads to what we're seeing in people's reactions... or overreactions, in some cases. (Incidentally, I find it absurd that officers are now almost expected by society to let suspects fire any weapons they may have, let them "prove" their intent with the first shot(s), rather than shooting first for the protection of themselves, their partners and bystanders.)
The "hands up/don't shoot" mantra that has been adopted might've been Michael Brown's first reaction upon seeing the gun drawn on him, but there is evidence that Brown then went after the officer after he said that. Surprising, after walking into a store and stealing, shoving the proprietor, then walking down the middle of the street? Not at all. He was in a violent mood. Whatever "gentle giant" he might have been otherwise, at that particular time and place, he was anti-establishment and he was acting in ways that were endangering his life and the lives of others.
So for BLM to copy that "hands up/don't shoot" bit is not only perpetuating a falsehood, but it is emulating a moment of giving up that is then followed seconds later by an attack. Now, the gunman in Dallas followed that example to a "t"--the peaceful protest going on was that calm-before-the-storm, which he then used as cover, if you will, to unleash his attack. And while BLM might not WANT that kind of association, that's exactly what they got. Because this almost subliminal message being transmitted by "hands up/don't shoot" is something that people aren't registering but are recognizing on a gut level.
I respectfully disagree with Dwight's insistence about putting this on President Obama, however. The civil rights movements and the violence in the 1960s and 1970s were no more the fault of the Presidents than the events of today can be blamed on Obama. The incidents during that time period had nothing to do with President Kennedy, President Johnson or President Nixon, but were instead actions carried out by the police force, by governors, by mayors--and, yes, even by the people themselves who would react violently (i.e. Black Panthers). We need only look at Kent State to see the culmination of this level of misunderstanding; protesters throwing rocks were taken down by bullets, and not even the ones who were necessarily committing the violence.
It comes down to the people on the streets, the officers and civilians, who are each reacting in ways that do not detract from violence but instead encourage it. The recent suspension of two officers from the Memphis Police Department (for showing a gun pointing at a Snapchat emoji of a black man running) is every bit as unnecessary and inherently dangerous as a civilian making irresponsible and unnecessary "kill all pigs" postings on Facebook.
These are OUR streets, OUR people, OUR worlds that are being affected by our own actions. We have only to look to ourselves, at our own level, to see the problems.
"They sell a LOT of tin foil in your town, don't they?"